When Zoe was younger, she dreamed of being a cheerleader. However, it was something that just never happened for her. And even though it sounds like something you’d forget about years later, Zoe never did.
One day when she was in her thirties, she woke up with an epiphany – she had never achieved her childhood dream. This realization made her take a real, hard look at what she was doing with her life, and whether or not the work she was doing now truly aligned with the vision of what she really wanted out of life.
So in that very moment, Zoe committed to becoming a cheerleader. Not the kind of cheerleader you see on the side of the field, but rather, a cheerleader in the dead center of life.
Fast forward, and Zoe has now spent nearly 20 years as a National Women’s Empowerment Speaker, touring the nation to inspire women of all ages and backgrounds. Her specific mission is to help empower women to live their lives to the fullest and to follow their own dreams.
As her husband says, there couldn’t be a better job on earth for Zoe.
“I get to dress up, be the center of attention and talk! This is the perfect job!”
So why women?
“Women need each other. And I don’t think women always support each other. Every time I speak, I have heard stories of competition and I’ve seen women treating other women poorly, through words and through actions. We need to be each other’s biggest cheerleader. If you succeed, I succeed,” Zoe shares.
Zoe believes that women have such compassion for others, and if they can find this compassion for themselves they can do incredible things.
“Life is hard. Every woman would say that. Every woman wears a myriad of hats every day. And, we are called to pour our hearts into the lives of others. We can’t pour out what we don’t possess.”
This past week, she spoke on the topic of perseverance. She chooses topics to speak about that align with her own story at that particular time in her life, so that she is sure to speak from true experience and from the heart.
After 20 years of being the cheerleader for other women, her husband suddenly lost his job, and Zoe realized he needed her to be his cheerleader, his source of encouragement.
“I’m taking a step back from being the woman on stage to being the woman behind the scenes for my family,” she says. My new title is ‘The Ministry of Availability’!”
“I am finally at a place in my life, which I am so grateful for — where I can make the time for those I love so deeply. To support them, and to cheer them on.”
About 18 months ago, Zoe was rear-ended by a drunk driver. When the accident happened, she was hit in such a way that she could barely get out of her car. When she finally did, instead of checking on herself — she rushed over to pray for the man who had hit her. A year later in court, she was shocked to see how the man who had rear-ended her had since completely turned his life around. When he spoke about the accident – the day that changed his life – he said he thought Zoe was an angel with pink wings.
We are so inspired by our Heartfelt Angel (and cheerleader!), Zoe.